It’s finally here! The 4th of July week release of Good Night Captain Mama (Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá) by Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, illustrated by Linda Lens.
Join us as we celebrate Latino service members and their families this Independence Day! Follow along with this schedule for the CBT:
Want to help make this book an Amazon best-seller straight out of the starting gates? Place your book order for your family and friends all week by July 3rd and share widely!
If you’d like more info about the book, visit this post to listen in to an interview with the author and check out our April CBT of the book:
Mon 4/22 Condor Musings
Tues 4/23 Latino Book Examiner
Wed 4/24 OC Gente
Thurs 4/25 Latin Baby Book Club AND Mama XXI (Spanish Review!)
Fri 4/26 Latina Lista AND New Latina
Also join us all week long on Twitter with #captmama
Thanks for your support of Latino service members and their families this 4th of July!
About the Book
Good Night Captain Mama (Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá) is a bilingual (English/Spanish) picture book created for children between the ages of three and eight. The main character is a young boy in pajamas. As he passes by his mother’s bedroom, he sees her in her olive-green Air Force-issued flight suit. The child is curious about the colorful patches on the uniform and asks questions as he pulls each one off. His mother’s answers teach him, and young children everywhere, why women serve in uniform too.
The patches’ symbolism helps aviator Mama explain what it means to serve in the U.S. Air Force and why she does it. This story, the first in a planned series, was inspired by a conversation between the author and her preschooler when he saw her in uniform.
About Graciela Tiscareño-Sato
Graciela Tiscareño-Sato is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, School of Environmental Design, where she earned a degree in Environmental Design/Architecture while completing the Aerospace Studies program as an AFROTC (Air Force Reserve Officer Training Program) scholarship cadet. She was commissioned as a Distinguish Graduate and second lieutenant atop the Campanile on the Berkeley campus.
After Berkeley, she joined the active duty Air Force and completed Undergraduate Navigator Training at Mather Air Force Base (AFB) in Sacramento. She graduated in the top 15% of her class of 39 students as the only woman in the class. She then trained in the KC-135R refueling tanker at Castle AFB in California before reporting into the 43rd Air Refueling Squadron at Fairchild AFB in Spokane, Washington. Her first deployment was to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. On that trip, she was a member of one of the first few aircrews to patrol and enforce the Southern NO FLY Zone in Southern Iraq after the conclusion of Operation Desert Storm. Flying two or three combat sorties a day over and near the city of Baghdad earned her crew the prestigious Air Medal.
During her military career, Tiscareño-Sato lived on or visited four continents and flew for thousands of hours. As an instructor, she taught GPS systems, navigation systems and more in the classroom and in the cockpit. Her favorite rendezvous for refueling was with the SR-71 Blackbird as it came out of its high-altitude missions over the Earth at supersonic speeds. She was one of very few women that served on the NATO Battlestaff in Vicenza, Italy during the conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Later she led a multi-service group of communications technicians at the U.S. Embassy in Quito, Ecuador in counter-narcotics operations.
Her last mission abroad was planning and leading a two-week CAPSTONE mission to Asia Pacific theater to introduce newly – minted generals to their new posts in Malaysia, Korea, Singapore, Hawaii, Okinawa, Japan and more. She spent almost ten years on active duty as a navigator and instructor, eventually also becoming a wing contingency planning officer. During her active duty service, she earned a Master degree in International Management from Whitworth University in Washington. She speaks English and Spanish fluently.
Tiscareño-Sato is the Founder of niche publishing, marketing and communications firm, Gracefully Global Group, LLC. She is the author of the award-winning book Latinnovating: Green American Jobs and the Latinos Creating Them, which highlights Hispanic entrepreneurs innovating in the green economy. In between military service and entrepreneurship, she spent nine years in global marketing roles at Siemens, where she applied her military career lessons in a global, multicultural, corporate environment. Her thought leadership pieces have published in the U.S. and Europe including American Careers, Huffington Post, Fox News, Hispanic MBA, Communications News and many other publications.
Tiscareño-Sato is a sought-after speaker on entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership, personal branding and the “STEM of Aviation.” She speaks to a wide variety of audiences ranging from young children to corporate professionals and university students. As a key team member of the Silicon Valley Latino Leadership Summit held annually at Stanford University, Graciela actively mentors students needing education and career roadmaps. LATINAStyle Magazine named her “Entrepreneur of the Year” in Washington D.C. in 2010. After winning three awards at the International Latino Book Awards in New York for Latinnovating, she’s excited to finally publish her first children’s book, Good Night Captain Mama (Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá) the first in a planned series.